Should I compete in the CrossFit Open?
Those of you who competed last year are probably starting to get a bit nervous, those of you who put it off last year are asking yourselves whether you are ready this year and the rest of you are probably wondering what all the fuss is about.
There are several reasons why participating in the Open is great for your fitness.
1. The first is that it gets you out of your comfort zone.
Going to the gym every week with the same bunch of people and the same coaches is brilliant for training. However, it is not so great for testing your fitness. You can only test your fitness if you are outside of your comfort zone.
2. Participating in the Open is a great way to motivate yourself to train harder.
This is really an extension of the above point, but if you are training for the sake of training then you are missing out. If you want to get the best out of your training, you must put it to the test. Nothing motivates athletes like competition. Sign up for the Open and your focus in training over the coming weeks will be laser sharp.
3. The Open keeps you honest.
There will be movements that come up which you are either not very good at or cannot do at all. Most people see that as a negative, but in fact it is a huge positive. Nothing motivates people more to work on their weaknesses than having to do those movements in official competition. Whatever happens you will be 100% motivated to work on them so you can get better.
In fact the major stumbling block most people face with the Open is they don’t think they are good enough. It is an understandable and entirely human point of view, but really has no bearing on whether or not you should compete.
The Open is split up into RX and scaled divisions. That means that if some movements come up which are too hard, you can do the scaled version.
The Open is a competition, however most people are really competing with themselves. That is the beauty of the Open. It gives you an honest assessment of your fitness levels and the motivation to work on your weaknesses going forwards.